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Memorial unveiled to new 'Rochdale pioneer'

In front of a crowd of 40 Rochdale Canal supporters, a memorial bench was unveiled on 16th July at Canal Street, Littleborough, in memory of Brian Holden.

Brian, who died in September last year aged 88, was the founder and life-long secretary of the Rochdale Canal Society from 1974, seeing the restoration through to its full reopening in 2002. The seat honours his decades of fundraising and physical hard work in reopening the waterway.

“Without Brian it would not have happened,” said his friend Bob Weatherley of the Littleborough Civic Trust. “He truly was a latter-day Rochdale Pioneer. In a sense, the canal itself is his memorial.”

Wednesday 7 August  | Andrew Denny  | 1.49pm, Wednesday 7 August 2019

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